Hastings boys' golf plays in first meet of the 2019 season
The Hastings Raiders boys' golf team played in their first match of the 2019 season Thursday afternoon, April 18, at the local Bellwood Oaks Golf Club. The Raiders hosted Metro East Conference rivals Simley and Henry Sibley for their home meet on a chilly and windy day that saw spits of rain. Hastings took second with a nine-hol score of 168—the combined total of the four top scores out of the six varsity golfers—which was 10 behind winner Simley with a 158. Henry Sibley came in third with a 198. Junior Jack Klimek was a co-medalist as he and another golfer from Simley both shot 38s.
Klimek led the Raiders with his 38 that saw him bogey the first two holes and then par the last seven. Fellow juniors Terry Kuhn and Sam Brown shot 42 and 43 respectively. Rounding out varsity were junior Riley Biermaier, sophomore Joe Benson and eighth-grader Charlie Williams each shoot 45s.
Head coach Pete McGinnis said after the meet that overall he was satisfied with his team's first action of the season. However, he said going forward in the future they will need to hit more fairways and greens in regulation to give themselves better chances to score in general. He also said their putting will need to be better as well. McGinnis often emphasizes a methodical approach around the golf course for his players that includes hitting the spots that suit their games.
Hastings will go to Inverwood Golf Course on Tuesday, April 23, where they will face Simley and Tartan. The next day they head to Manitou Ridge Golf Course and will play against North St. Paul and St. Thomas Academy.